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Press Release: New Alberta Subsidy for Brewers Still Unconstitutional

Press Release: New Alberta Subsidy for Brewers Still Unconstitutional

Jul 28 2016

The new subsidy program for Alberta brewers announced today by the Government of Alberta is an unconstitutional barrier to interprovincial trade in violation of section 121 of the Constitution Act, 1867. Section 121 states “all articles of the growth, produce or manufacture of any one of the provinces shall …

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Canada Already Has An Interprovincial Trade Agreement: Our Constitution

Canada Already Has An Interprovincial Trade Agreement: Our Constitution

Jul 27 2016

Even before Canada’s Premiers departed Whitehorse on Friday, media coverage was applauding a “ground-breaking” and “historic” agreement on internal trade within Canada. Not so fast. The official statement announcing a new “Canadian Free Trade Agreement” (CFTA) is only 191 words long and omits any of those pesky details where the

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Press Release: Canadian Constitution Foundation Case Highlighted in the Economist Magazine

Press Release: Canadian Constitution Foundation Case Highlighted in the Economist Magazine

Jul 25 2016

The Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) was pleased to see the problems of Canada’s unconstitutional inter-provincial trade barriers featured in the July 23, 2016 edition of the Economist, perhaps the most influential global news magazine. The CCF has been proud to join forces with lawyers Ian A. Blue, QC and Arnold

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Press Release: Premiers’ Online Wine Sale Proposal Disregards Consumers’ and Producers’ Constitutional Rights

Press Release: Premiers’ Online Wine Sale Proposal Disregards Consumers’ and Producers’ Constitutional Rights

Jul 25 2016

The Canadian Constitution Foundation reacts to the news that Premiers are considering loosening rules over some inter-provincial online sale of wine: While almost any development would be an improvement on the current, prohibition-era restrictions on the movement of alcohol within Canada, the Canadian Constitution Foundation remains concerned that blatantly unconstitutional

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Restricting Payday-Loans Ineffective in Reducing Poverty

Restricting Payday-Loans Ineffective in Reducing Poverty

Jul 20 2016

The City of Calgary has passed a bylaw restricting the number of payday-loan lenders that can operate in a given area. This policy is not based on objective evidence or sound economic reasoning, but on the subjective ideologies of individual councillors. At first glance, this policy may seem to benefit

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Too-Special- To-Fail

Too-Special- To-Fail

Jul 20 2016

“Youth, today! They’re lazy and entitled because everyone received participation trophies!” is a quip Millennials (I’ll include Gen Z’rs too) hear so often that it has nearly lost all meaning. Not to me though. Instead, this joke points to a much larger issue- one that extends beyond Millennials to all

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Punishment through confiscation

Punishment through confiscation

Jun 13 2016

Why is the public becoming increasingly skeptical about the use of civil forfeiture? Maybe people are realizing that the government can — and does — use the sledgehammer of forfeiture laws when other, more carefully crafted laws would be a better fit. Case in point: the Globe and Mail recently

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Press Release: Canadian Constitution Foundation Announces Change in Executive Leadership

Press Release: Canadian Constitution Foundation Announces Change in Executive Leadership

May 18 2016

Calgary, 18 May 2016 – The Canadian Constitution Foundation today announced that Howard Anglin, former Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister, will succeed Marni Soupcoff as the Canadian Constitution Foundation’s next Executive Director as of July 1, 2016. The Canadian Constitution Foundation is a registered

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The Comeau decision is a ‘big deal,’ as it could lead to free trade in all of Canada

The Comeau decision is a ‘big deal,’ as it could lead to free trade in all of Canada

May 02 2016

I’m sorry, but this is no time for panic; it’s a time for celebration and hope, and, most fittingly, raising a glass. Reporters keep asking me whether I think Friday’s ground-breaking court ruling, which threw out the charges against Gerard Comeau for bringing Quebec liquor into New Brunswick, will result

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